Happy Thanksgiving!! I am super duper grateful to have a space in your inbox and be able to connect with you weekly.
Today is a day to fill up on all kinds of delicious things like time with loved ones, scrumptious pumpkin pie, and of course….gratitude.
If you consume lots of gratitude in your life, you will be too full for disappointment. Being grateful for the pleasant blessings in life is easy, but can you extend appreciation to things that may not be so pleasant, such as your Expectation Hangovers? We become spiritual warriors when we are truly grateful for the circumstances, situations, and people that are challenging. Can you be excited the next time disappointment comes your way and actually grateful for the breakthrough and transformation that await you?
Every night before I go to bed, I write a list of things that happened that day and that I am particularly grateful for. Things like a great parking spot, magical moments of serendipity, a fabulous meal, or a laugh with a friend. I also document disappointments, from mini to major, and express my appreciation for growth opportunities. Even if I don’t necessarily like what happened, I have gratitude for my ability to choose how to respond to it.
I encourage you to be grateful for all the times you did not get what you wanted or what you expected. Trust me, if things were supposed to go differently, they would have.
Be grateful for all the people who you have felt hurt you. Each has gifted you with an opportunity to forgive and to choose love over blame.
Be grateful for any financial challenges you may be facing and focus on how you are abundant in many other ways. Money does not define you. You are full of earning potential.
Be grateful for the questions in your life and find peace in the unknown. We are not supposed to have it all figured out all the time. Really.
Be grateful for the exact size and shape of your body. Stop making such a big deal over how it looks and start using it to play, create, and move more. I recommend dancing. A lot.
Be grateful for all your losses. Instead of living in the past, feel your grief, and say good-bye to the past and hello to all the wonderfulness that is surrounding you right now.
Be grateful for any health condition you have. See it as a messenger with important and incredibly unique lessons that you get to discover.
Be grateful for all the choices you have made. No more “shoulda, coulda, woulda” thinking. You cannot mess up your destiny. I promise!
Be grateful for all your past, present, and future Expectation Hangovers as they open doors to transformation and unplanned possibility (Tweet this!)
Be grateful for everything and reflect on it daily. I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion of keeping a gratitude list. But are you actually doing it? Buy yourself a special gratitude journal and each night write down the things from that day you are grateful for. Be sure not to just include the “good stuff.” Reframe your perception and identify the lessons and blessings in every situation. Set the intention to write down at least three things per day, and go from there. Dozing off with appreciation in your heart will positively impact your quality of sleep and the state you wake up in. So get yourself a journal and cuddle up with gratitude.
Whatever your holiday plans may be, know that you are a gift.
Just you being YOU is a blessing to world and I am grateful for YOU.
Go ahead and gorge on gratitude for EVERYTHING — it’s good for you!
“Stop thinking of gratitude as a by-product of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a worldview.” Bryan Robles
p.s. Each year I take 16 women to Tulum for a retreat. This year the focus is New Year BE YOU and it is all about living into your FULL potential. No more making the same resolution year after year. No more playing small. Join me for an incredibly transformational, rejuvenating and inspiring week on one of the most beautiful places in the world. You deserve it so stop waiting! Info here.
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